Our Behind the Scenes tours are temporarily suspended under Alert Level 2, and will resume when we return to Level 1.
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Behind the Scenes Tour
What to do
Tours run daily at 11.00am, 1.30pm and 3.00pm
Please check in at the Welcome Desk (bookings not essential)
- View additional aircraft, vehicles and engines currently in storage
- See the work behind the scenes in our conservation workshop
To get the most out of your Air Force Museum experience, take our special 45 minutes guided tour to learn more about the Museum’s work ‘behind the scenes’ and discover the aircraft, vehicles and engines in our Reserve Collection.
The tour involves a short walk, under cover, through the Aircraft Hall to the Reserve Collection space in the Thérèse Angelo Wing, then on into our Conservation Workshop to view our current restoration projects.
We can also offer private, tailored behind the scenes tours for groups of eight or more, not only to our workshops and reserve collection, but also to our archives. Visit our Group Activities page for more information.
Self-guided Highlights Tour
Discover some of our highlights, hidden gems and surprising stories with this self-guided tour map.
What visitors say…
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It’s free! What a nice way to spend the afternoon. The museum is immaculate filled with stunning planes that have been beautifully restored. There is great information everywhere. For the kids there are cockpits you can play in and a motion capture video game which is fun. We also did the free behind the scenes tour where they take you to the hangers were the planes are being restored. The tour guides clearly have a passion for what they do. Highly recommended coming here if you are in Christchurch and have a few hours spare.
I had a really nice experience here, the planes and engines they have on exhibition are fascinating and interestingly written about. I recommend taking the tour at 1.30, we were shown around by a lovely man who showed us behind the scenes and where the planes are refurbished which was awesome. There are wonderful people who are volunteering their time to this place and I think they're doing an excellent job.
Initially planned to visit for an hour. I ended up staying for almost 2hours! Joined the behind the scenes tour (ask receptionist what time and yes it’s free too) where you get to see and know more about closed curtain items! So worth it! The tour guide (sorry I forgot her name but she’s in my picture, she’s knowledgeable and patience. If she doesn’t know anything she will find out for you!). Loving the interactive items and fun game too.
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